Dr. Amanda Virelles - Piano
Amanda Virelles is known as a versatile musician, who has played for audiences around the world. Her performances have been described as sensible, profound, and energetic. She has performed as a soloist as well as collaborative artist throughout the United States, France, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Cuba.
Amanda began her piano studies in Cuba with Serguei Leschenko, continued with Margarita Fyodorova at Moscow State Conservatory Tchaikovsky, and received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Russian Academy of Music Gnessin in Moscow, Russia, under the guidance of Inna Malinina. Virelles also holds a Master Degree and a Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM, Amanda was a student of Dr. Lois Leventhal.
In 1987 Amanda won First Prize and an Special Prize for best Cuban and Latin-American music performance in the "Amadeo Roldan" Piano Competition, in Cuba. After this success she was given a full scholarship to study in Russia. She appeared as a soloist with several orchestras in Europe and South America under the direction of renowned conductors such as Yoshikatsu Fukumura, Mikhail Shervakov, Dmitir Manolov, Fillipo Zigante, Kimbo Ishii - Eto, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Most recently she has performed under conductors Jay Dean and Alejandro Drago.
As a pedagogue Dr. Virelles has served as an Associate Professor of Music at Universidad del Atlántico in Colombia and the Conservatorio Nacional in Lima, Peru. Since her arrival to the United States, she has also served at the University of Southern Mississippi (Teaching Assistant) and as Assistant Professor of Piano at Lane College. During the last three years Amanda resided in Nashville, TN, and taught at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music and at the School of Music of Belmont University. She is a founder of the Philharmonic Society of Barranquilla, Colombia, member of the College Music Society, MTNA, and "Duo Guitiano" with Colombian-American guitarist Carlos Castilla.
Currently, Dr. Virelles is Assistant Professor of Piano at Fayetteville State University.
D.M.A., M.M University of Southern Mississippi
M.F.A, B.M Russian State Academy of Music "Gnessin", Moscow
Dr. Amanda Virelles
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